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Quartetto di Cremona's fifth volume on Audite of the Complete Beethoven String Quartets presents not only the Op. 132 String Quartet but also Beethoven's only original String Quintet. Lawrence Dutton, the violist of the Emerson String Quartet, joining the Quartetto di Cremona.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart left six string quintets to the music world, Louis Spohr's work catalogue contains seven, whilst Luigi Boccherini completed around 120. Ludwig van Beethoven had three quintets published; however, only one of these was originally conceived for string quintet – the upset over the different editions was clearly so serious that the Viennese maestro felt no desire to write any more "real" quintets. However, his opus 29 of 1801 is a true masterwork on the brink between the Classical style of his teacher, Joseph Haydn, and the revolutionary idiom of Beethoven's middle and late periods. The Adagio (with its adjunct of "molto espressivo") in particular heralds an evocative intensity which was still foreign in Beethoven's earlier works.